How do I get to Arran? The main Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry for the isle of Arran leaves from Ardrossan on the west coast of Scotland and docks at Brodick, the main town on Arran. The other Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry is between Lochranza in the nort west of Arran and Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula. This a smaller ferry and runs less frequently. To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.
How do I get around Arran? Several buses run between Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay, which are the three largest villages on Arran. Buses also run along the B880 String Road, between Brodick and Blackwaterfoot. Also, there are several taxi firms on Arran.
What's worth visiting on Arran? Brodick Castle, which is the former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. Goat Fell is Arran's highest (and most accesible) peak. It is only a three hour climb. In the north-west of the island are the major ruins of Lochranza Castle. This is set in a stunning location next to the beach at Lochranza. Also, Arran Gems sell locally home-made pieces of unique jewellery. There is an opportunity to charter a Helicopter flight around the Isle of Arran. Arran Heli-Tour Flights operate from the Balmichael Visitor Centre, and you can enjoy anything from a simple ten-minute flight to a complete exploratory tour around the island.
Where can I stay on Arran? Here is just a selection of the Hotels, Guest Houses and B & B's on offer on the Isle of Arran. Auchrannie Country House Hotel and Lagg Hotel in Brodick, Best Western Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot and the Glenisle Hotel in Lamlash. There is also The Barn B&B in Brodick, The Mare in Kildonan and the Clisham B&B in Pirnmill. Self-catering is available at Dumaghlas in Pirnmill and Windy Pines and Creag-Raineach at Whiting Bay and There is a campsite at Lochranza and Hostels at Kilmory Hall, Lochranza and Corrie.
Are there any books/DVD's about Arran? Walking in the Isle of Arran: Complete Guide to Scotland in Miniature (Cicerone British Mountains) by Paddy Dillon, The Guide to Mysterious Arran by Geoff Holder, The Isle of Arran by Ken Hall, Isle of Arran (Pevensey island Guide)
Any other information on Arran? How about a visit to Cleats Shore, near to Lagg on Arran, where you can sun-bathe on Scotland's only official Nudist Beach!
Other islands in Inner Hebrides: Bute, Coll, Colonsay, Cumbrae, Easdale, Gigha, Holy Isle, Iona, Islay, Jura, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Seil, Tiree, Ulva